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Elizabeth is Missing The lead character is this warm, engaging novel is an 80 year old grandmother with dementia! However don’t judge this book by just that description as it is a brilliantly written mystery as well as a thought provoking story of loss of memory and identity. The story is told through Maud’s unforgettable voice and she really is a very sweet and loveable person who you feel for and will make you stop and think. Healey’s wonderful prose and telling of the mystery humanises a condition most of us find impenetrable and frustrating.
Somehow Healey manages to get inside Maud’s head and tells her story in a way that is not depressing but is rather engaging and as the reader you bond with Maud and want her to succeed.

Elizabeth Is Missing is the story of Maud who keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won’t be forgotten.

Sheila O’Reilly
Penguin/£12.99/9780241003503

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